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Florida Man Guns Down SWAT Team Robot With an AK-47 -- Naked

What's crazier than locking yourself in your house and threatening to kill anyone that crosses its threshold? Walking out of your house to shoot a robot with an AK-47. Naked. While being videotaped. A Florida man accomplished all of those feats, during a recent standoff with a camera-equipped SWAT team bot. The $65,000 robot bravely attempted to enter the man's house, where it was greeted with...

Spanish Man Escapes Prison With a Fax... Again

A 57-year-old Spanish man is back in prison today, after using something called a fax machine to break free. The inmate, Juan Carlos Serna, reportedly got his wife to send a fax to the jail, posing as an official order from a regional court. The letter demanded that Serna be released, and was followed by a phone call to confirm. Police then let him stroll out of the facility, in much the same...

Teen Arrested for Posing as Police Officer, Asking Women for Sex on Facebook

Police in South Carolina have arrested a teenage boy who has been accused of impersonating an officer on Facebook in hopes that his false identity would convince women to have sex with him. Horry County police were alerted to the teen's scheme on March 14th, when a woman named Tonya Godwin complained that an officer was harassing her on Facebook. According to Godwin, a man going by the name of...

TriForce Won't Let the Police Stand Between Him and a New 3DS

Isaiah 'TriForce' Johnson recently ran into some trouble with New York City police, who didn't much care for the way he was standing outside a local Best Buy. Little did they know, though, that TriForce was just lining up to get his hands on the new Nintendo 3DS, which launches on Sunday. Then again, the cops probably had no way of knowing that, since TriForce was the only person in line....

RIM Pulls Drunk-Driving BlackBerry Apps, Pleases Democratic Senators

RIM has decided to pull all BlackBerry apps designed to help drivers avoid sobriety checkpoints, in response to a request filed by four Democratic Senators. Thus far, at least one app has already vanished from the BlackBerry App World, a fact that drew praise from New York Senator Charles Schumer. "RIM's decision to remove these apps from their online store proves that when it comes to drunk...

Democratic Senators Ask Apple to Remove DUI Checkpoint Apps

A group of Senators is asking Apple to remove from its App Store all apps designed to help drunk drivers avoid checkpoints -- apps that the politicians consider "harmful to public safety." In a letter, four Senators -- Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Tom Udall (D-NM) -- argued that apps that help drivers avoid speed traps, sobriety checkpoints and police...

School Bus Driver Arrested After Sending Over 1,000 Texts While Driving

Just about everyone in the world knows that texting while driving puts motorists and passengers in serious danger, especially if school buses are involved. Evelyn Guzman, however, apparently didn't think it was that big of a deal. Guzman, 47, was recently arrested in Connecticut after police found video footage showing the woman sending text messages while driving a school bus. The surveillance...

Facebook Wedding Photos Lead to Polygamy Arrest for Michigan Man

Police in Michigan have arrested a man on charges of polygamy after discovering some incriminating wedding photos on Facebook. In 2004, 34-year-old Richard Leon Barton, Jr. reportedly married a Rhode Island woman, whom he'd met online. Not long after their wedding, Barton mysteriously de-friended his new bride on Facebook, and soon vanished from her life altogether. Though the two had discussed...

Teen Uses Facebook to Save Mom From Abusive Boyfriend

A 15-year-old boy in Minnesota recently rescued his mother from her abusive boyfriend, not with a call to 911, but with a timely Facebook post. According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, 33-year-old Kelly Heinl went out with some of her friends on Thursday night, but was soon tracked down by her boyfriend, 31-year-old Reggie LeAndrew Hart. Hart allegedly forced her...

Busted for Using a Smartphone App to Impersonate Police

A guy in Idaho has been arrested for pretending to be a police officer -- with his smartphone. On Saturday night, Alexander A. Welch allegedly used an app that flashes blue and red lights to trick another driver into thinking he was a police officer. It worked. The motorist pulled over, and Welch sped away. Understandably annoyed, the driver followed Welch's car, and called the real police....

LAPD Using Smartphones to Track, Arrest Graffiti Vandals

On Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department launched the Tracking and Automated Graffiti Removal System (TAGRS) -- a program that allows law enforcement officials to track graffiti artists/vandals with their smartphones. Under TAGRS, graffiti-cleaning crew members can use their smartphones to take photos of any vandalism, and upload the images to a LAPD database. The photos are then analyzed,...

Brazilian Drivers Use Twitter to Avoid DUI Checkpoints

Over the past two years, police in Rio de Janeiro have been cracking down on drunk drivers as part of a strict city-wide campaign. Many motorists, however, have found a way to avoid the watchful eye of Rio's law enforcers: Twitter. Under Operation Lei Seca ("dry law"), Rio police have been setting up checkpoints at accident hotspots across the city, where they administer breathalyzer tests to...

Frightened Dell Employees Call Cops on Horribly Misguided P.R. Campaign

We're comforted to know that we're not the only ones who get severely weirded out by overzealous P.R. people. Dell employees in Round Rock, Texas were so freaked out, in fact, that they recently wound up calling the cops on their own coworkers. Of course, they didn't realize at the time that the black-clad, mask-wearing men clutching "metallic objects" and barking orders at them were doing so as...

Teen Rapist Admits to Looking for Hitman on Facebook

A Pennsylvania teenager has admitted to raping an intoxicated woman, and to soliciting the services of a hitman on Facebook. Corey Christian Adams, a 19-year old from West Chester, was arrested last July after a woman accused him of raping her following a party. The victim, whose name has not been released, reportedly got a ride home with Adams after the party, but passed out on the way. When...

NJ Cop Thinks Parents Should Steal Their Kids' Facebook Passwords

Parents everywhere can now hack into their kids' Facebook accounts without feeling even an ounce of guilt -- because a cop in New Jersey says it's okay. Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli recently told NBC New York that all parents should use keystroke-logging spyware to keep tabs on every site their children visit, and every status or photo they post to Facebook. "When it comes down to safety...